Fifth season of ‘True Blood’ off to solid start

'Mad Men' closes season with 2.7 million

HBO vampire drama “True Blood” drew 5.2 million viewers Sunday night for the initial telecast of its fifth-season premiere. Over two plays, it sucked in 6.3 million viewers.

That represents a slight drop from the season-four premiere, but a small uptick from the finale.

At AMC, the fifth-season finale of “Mad Men” attracted 2.7 million viewers Sunday, making it the most-watched finale in series history. In demos, the episode drew 1.2 million viewers 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers 25-54. Both are double-digit increases from the season-four finale.

Sunday’s conclusion helped raised “Mad Men” to a season average of 2.6 million viewers, the show’s highest since it began in 2007.

“True Blood” remains HBO’s most-watched show, followed by “Game of Thrones,” which concluded its second season a week ago.

Half-hour comedy “Veep” wrapped up its first season following the “True Blood” finale and drew auds of 1.1 million at 10 p.m. and 288,000 for a repeat telecast later on. When repeat viewings, DVR usage and on demand is included, “Veep” averaged 3.7 million viewers for the season, according to HBO.

Lena Dunham starrer “Girls” will conclude its season this Sunday. Show is averaging 4.1 million viewers and garnered a combined 1.1 million viewers in its penultimate episode.